IBSCA provides support for IB schools in a variety of ways. Firstly it provides a network through which schools following IB programmes can liaise with one another in order to share best practice. Conferences, workshops, area network meetings as well as informal contact all contribute towards making IBSCA a rich source of advice and support for its member schools.
Schools considering seeking authorisation to run one of the IB programmes are able to obtain advice and support from the IBSCA network. This may be informal support by email or telephone or it may involve attendance at one of the local or national conferences. In the first instance, schools considering authorisation can consult the relevant parts of the IB website.
The post of UK Development and Recognition Manager is currently held by Peter Fidzcuk. This full-time post is jointly funded by the IB and IBSCA.
The UK Development and Recognition Manager provides a vital link between ISBCA, the IB and the UK universities. The manager maintains the Universities section on this website and can be contacted by IBSCA members with questions, queries and worries about university recognition, admissions and requirements.
The universities section of this website lists a significant number of frequently asked questions ...and answers!
IBSCA organises five strands of Professional Development:
1. IB Teacher Workshops. These are fully authorised by the IB and include workshops for DP, MYP and PYP teachers. Details on each can be found in the Events section under Teacher Workshops. These are available for member schools and for non-members.
2. National Conferences. Typically there are two of these per year - one in the autumn; the other in the spring. Occasionally, a third conference is organised in the summer. Information on the Conferences can be found under National Events. They are open for member schools and non-members.
3. Professional Development Seminars. Several of these are arranged each year - typically in the spring. They are one-day training opportunities for experienced IB teachers in member schools only. Details are shown in National Events.
4. Area Network Meetings. Around one hundred of these are arranged each year by the various Area Networks (local clusters of IB schools). They are for IBSCA members only.
5. Other events. Various other events on specific topics (Introducing the MYP; Marketing your school; etc.) are arranged as needed.